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M.S. in Mental Health Counseling


The 60-credit Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling serves both students looking to become licensed as mental health counselors and those seeking to eventually proceed into doctoral programs. The curriculum covers mental health counseling practice and research, in addition to necessary coursework in human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research and program development, and professional orientation. Practicum and internship experiences provide unique, varied, and intense hands-on mental health counseling training experiences under supervision of licensed professionals. The degree is registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as meeting the educational requirements for mental health counseling licensure in New York. The M.S. in mental health counseling degree can be completed full time in two years, including summer classes. Students may attend part time, but all degree requirements must be completed within five years after admission to degree candidacy.

Admission Requirements

The Counseling Graduate Programs’ Admissions Committee reviews applications. Minimum admissions requirements are as follows:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

  2. Minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all undergraduate work with at least a 3.0 average in psychology courses, or strong evidence of recent academic achievement.

  3. Successful completion of undergraduate General Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods in Psychology.

  4. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (General test).

  5. Completed application for admission to the Master of Science program in Mental Health Counseling.

  6. One official copy of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.

  7. Three letters of recommendation.

  8. Additional application information for international students.

Application Procedures

Students may apply online or via paper application. 


Curriculum Requirements

Degree Requirements (60 credits) 

All classes are three credits except where indicated.

Mental Health Counseling Requirement (36 credits)

  • COU510 Counseling Theories
  • COU515 Counseling Skills
  • COU520 Career Development, Counseling, and Assessment
  • COU525 Multicultural Counseling
  • COU530 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (four credits)
  • COU540 Psychopathology
  • COU545 Group Dynamics and Counseling
  • COU550 Couple and Family Counseling
  • COU555 Assessment
  • COU771 Ethics and Professional Orientation: MHC Internship 1 (four credits)
  • COU772 Ethics and Professional Orientation: MHC Internship 2 (four credits)

Methodology Requirement (six credits)

  • PSY501 ANOVA or PSY503 Correlation and Multiple Regression
  • PSY507 Research Methods

Human Growth and Development Requirement (three credits)

  • PSY527 Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development Electives (six credits)
Choose two:

  • PSY516 Organizational Psychology
  • PSY528 Infancy and Childhood
  • PSY529 Adulthood
  • PSY531 Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • PSY556 Contemporary Social Psychology
  • PSY560 Cognitive Processes
  • PSY570 Cognitive Neuroscience

Electives (nine credits)
Three courses to be chosen from the following:

  • ANY other three-credit courses from the lists above which have NOT been used to fulfill one of the above requirements.
  • ANY other three-credit Counseling (COU) or Psychology (PSY) graduate courses not listed above.
  • Thesis of three or six credits

Mandatory Training